Tag: Arizona

Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow is a moderate trail that requires a decent tire, good ground clearance, and low-range gearing. My Tundra made it through with some more pinstripes and a lot of backing up from all of the Pink Jeep Tour vehicles. Oh yeah, this trail is very crowded with motorized and foot traffic. Be prepared to stop and backup numerous times. I actually wish that I had skipped driving and just done the hike. The entire loop is only about four miles long but is of astounding beauty. Directions and maps are show below. Enjoy the photos and videos and find the rest of them here!

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Toroweap Overlook

The roads to Toroweap Overlook are easy until the last few miles and even then aren’t too difficult. Understand that if the road is muddy (like how I found it) you will need a truck with good ground clearance, 4WD, and decent tires. There are multiple paths to Toroweap Overlook such as from AZ-389 (near Fredonia, AZ) or from Colorado City, AZ (not too far from I-15). The trip one way is a little over sixty miles and will take most of the day to complete the round trip. At first your driving through some Reservation land and ranches where you aren’t allowed to camp nor should you park for too long. Once you leave the Kaibab Indian Reservation there are more places to stop and a lot of side trails. You won’t actually reach the Mount Turnbull Wildreness until the last 15 miles or so. Just prior to the road getting a little rougher there is a ranger station you must pass by. You will not be allowed past 30 minutes before sunrise and are generally not allowed to camp out past this point. There are a large number of photos and videos for this trip so be sure to view them all here.

As the day wore on I passed a number of people who were driving quickly around blind corners so drive slowly and be careful out there. Be sure to check the for up to date documents on the appropriate websites. Google Maps   

National Park Service web page information Map of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Long-Range Interpretive Plan




Colorado River Tour

This post is to review a river raft tour I took starting at the Glen Canyon Dam following this path. I opted to take the half-day trip through this wonderful canyon. The river level is constant and the water is always cool since it comes from the bottom of Lake Powell and only slightly warms up as you go downstream. It can get very hot during the summer but our tour guide was a great man and kept us in the shade quite a lot. Enjoy the photos and find the rest of them here!






Grandview Point and Trail

Grandview Point offers stunning views of the Grand Canyon from the southern rim. Grandview Trail also offers incredible views as it winds down the slope to Horseshoe Mesa, or the river if you have what it takes. The hike takes quite a long time and you can never bring too much water on this hike. Down on Horseshoe Mesa are the remnants of the Last Chance Mine which used to extract copper during the early 20th century. Most of the mine shafts have been blocked at the entrance (except for one filled with bats).

The closest highway to Grandview Point is AZ-64, which takes about seven hours to reach from San Diego.

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Turkey Creek

This is yet another trail in Arizona, which is a nice, moderate, and rocky trail. There is one narrow slot that will be harder on wide trucks. You’ll pass through Turkey Creek several times, pass a mining operation, and see some cattle along the way. This trail also has some old ruins, plenty of interesting flora, and awesome rock formations. The north end of this trail hits a little town called Cleator. Not many people live there, but there is a bar and a few cabins for rent. The whole area is pretty cool in general. This trail can be reached from it’s southern end by taking exit 248 off I-17, heading north along Crown King Road, and staying to the left when the road branches toward Mayer. I reached this trail from Black Canyon Creek and there are also many ways to reach it from the north end. Enjoy the photos! Look on this page for the rest of them.

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Black Canyon Creek

These photos are from a trail in Arizona that’s north of Phoenix on the west side of I-17. This trail is rocky, steep, difficult, and should only be accomplished by an experienced driver. Short-wheelbase vehicles will have an advantage in this terrain. Mistakes can easily lead to rollovers on the more tippy spots. This trail is also a lot of fun, has beautiful scenery, and is one of the better trails I’ve been on. I used I-17 to reach the general area, then took Exit 244, headed north, then west on the trail from Maggie Mine Road, and turned right at the Y-intersection. Just understand that there are several ways to reach this trail. The left turn is meant for an ATV or side-by-side. If you pass a mining claim don’t steal from it, just enjoy the scenery. I hope that you like the photos, click here to look at all of them.

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El Camino Del Diablo

This trail is another trail that you would take more for the scenery rather than the difficulty. While this trail does have some extremely dusty spots and a few rocks it’s a relatively easy trail to pass through. There are lots of old ruins, lots of beautiful cacti, and plenty of interesting geological formations to stand in awe of. Much of this trail is only a few miles north of the Mexican border and also runs along the Barry M. Goldwater Range. Do not enter the live fire range. A permit is required to pass through the trail which can be received at the Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma on the west side or Cabeza Prieta N.W.R. in Ajo on the east side. Look here for more information on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. I took I-8E, got off at exit 14, took S. Frontage Road east until I turned south on South Ave. 15 East which then turned into a dirt road that wound through the La Fortuna Mine to reach this trail.

You’ll find a large number of water stations and emergency beacons along the trail, though during my time through I didn’t pass any illegal aliens. This trail is also frequently patrolled and there is a Border Patrol station near the east end. Enjoy the photos, click here to take a look at all of them.

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